The NSW community is being asked to participate in a palliative care survey to ensure everyone receives the support and services they deserve at the end of life.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health Leslie Williams today also released a consultation paper based on feedback from community roundtables held across NSW earlier this year.
Mr Hazzard said providing quality palliative care services to every resident of NSW is a key priority for the NSW Government
“We are investing an extra $100 million over the next four years to provide more tailored, community-based palliative care services, on top of the approximately $210 million already spent each year,” Mr Hazzard said.
“We are listening carefully to the community’s views on where and how palliative care services can be improved so that we have a strong plan for the future.”
Mrs Williams said the consultation paper and feedback from the survey will inform a new palliative and end-of-life care policy in NSW.
“Getting the public’s feedback on palliative care priorities is vital if we are to produce better outcomes for everyone when the inevitable occurs,” Mrs Williams said.
“The survey will only take about 10 minutes so I strongly urge everyone to take this opportunity to have their say.”
The NSW Health Palliative Care Roundtables Consultation Paper and survey can be viewed at www.health.nsw.gov.au/palliativecare.